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Atmospheric Sciences

We study extreme weather, climate change, and their impacts on both ecosystems and modern society.

Testing the water

Environmental Geoscience

We use biology, chemistry, geology, and physics to understand how the Earth System supports such a diversity of life and how human behavior is impacting this system.

Mountain ranges

Geology and Geophysics

We study the processes that shape our planet, from the building of mountains and oil-bearing sedimentary basins, to the flow of warm rocks and cold glaciers, to the triggering of earthquakes.

Spacecraft mission

Planetary Science

We study the evolution of the solar system and how planets evolve over time due to impacts, tectonics, and atmospheric processes, with an eye to the potential for past and future habitability.

Research News

Local High School Students Mentored by Science K-12 Outreach Recognized for Research


Students from Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Ind., recently attended the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Midwest Regional Student Research Symposium. Participating students presented original research, the result of mentoring provided in part by College of Science K-12 Outreach.

EAPS Student Awarded Indiana Space Grant for Carbonaceous Chondrites Research


EAPS graduate student Dara Laczniak has an ambitious research project. She believes clues to the origin of life on Earth and evolution of the Solar System may lie within a specific type of space rock.

New Study Finds Nitrogen Availability Affects the Evolution of Future Carbon Sinks in Northern Eurasia


A new study coauthored by an EAPS professor has yielded an interesting result – enhanced nitrogen availability from permafrost degradation, the abandonment of agricultural land, and atmospheric nitrogen deposition may account for 30-50% of the carbon sink projected for Northern Eurasia in the future.

EAPS Graduate Student Investigating Mercury Impact Basin


Mars gets a lot of attention these days, but other planets have important things to teach us, as well. Take Mercury, for example, which EAPS graduate student Greg Gosselin is studying.

EAPS K-12 Outreach Coordinator Appointed Chair of U.S. GLOBE Partner Forum


Following a career of heavy involvement in the GLOBE programs, EAPS K-12 Outreach Coordinator Steven Smith has been elected the chair of the U.S. GLOBE Partner Forum.

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